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Monthly Notes from Bishop Brungardt
and the Diocesan Staff

October 2015 --- Vol. XIII, No.  X





From Most Rev. John B. Brungardt, Bishop of Dodge City:

Regarding Pope Francis extending priests’ authority to absolve the sin of abortion for the upcoming Year of Mercy:

The priests of the Diocese of Dodge City already have the authority to absolve the sin of abortion as well as remit the penalty so that an individual may be fully reconciled to the God and the Church.  Priests of the diocese have possessed this authority from the bishop for many years, however this may not be the case in different parts of the world.  The recent comments of Pope Francis extending priests’ authority for the upcoming Year of Mercy is meant to facilitate more accessible reconciliation, healing and mercy throughout the universal Church.

Women and men who have received absolution for the grave sin of abortion in the past should be assured of the mercy and forgiveness previously extended to them in the Sacrament of Reconciliation.

Spiritual support and counseling may be found through the services of Rachel Vineyard Retreats.  Anyone wounded by abortion is invited to contact Donetta Robben, 877-447-4383, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..  Website:

Annual Diocesan Wedding Anniversary Mass – October 18, 2015

Bishop John B. Brungardt invites couples throughout the diocese celebrating 5, 10, 25, 40, 50 and 50+ years of marriage in 2015. Couples will be honored and will renew their vows at the Sunday Eucharist.

Sunday, October 18, 2015 ~ Mass at 3 PM, dinner following
Cathedral of Our Lady of Guadalupe, 3231 North 14th Street, Dodge City

To register, click here.   Registration is due by Wednesday, October 7.

Diocesan Scripture Day is Thursday, November 5th, 10am - 3pm. “John’s Gospel” presented by Father Felix Just, SJ.  The Gospel of John is different from the other three Gospels.  One way John shows this is his writing about the Spirit.  Explore with others the Gospel of John, November 5th, 10am – 3pm, Cathedral, Dodge City.  Our parish-diocese stewardship cooperation allows this event to be free.  To ensure an accurate lunch count, please “register” with Gayla, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. , 620-227-1525.

El Día de la Escritura Diocesana es el jueves, 5 de noviembre, 10 a.m.-3 p.m.  El "Evangelio de Juan" será presentado por el Padre Rafael Ramírez, CV. El Evangelio de Juan es diferente de los otros tres Evangelios. De una manera Juan muestra que esto es su escrito sobre el Espíritu. Exploren con otros el Evangelio de Juan, 5 de noviembre, 10 a.m. - 3 p.m., Catedral, Dodge City. Nuestra cooperación de compartir parroquiano-diocesano permite que este evento sea gratis. Para asegurar la cuenta para la comida, por favor regístrense con Gayla,  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. , 620-227-1525.



From Sr. Janice Grochowsky, CSJ, JCL, Chancellor:


I will be out of the office two different weeks in October (Oct. 11-16 and Oct. 24-27).  Please be sure to submit prenuptial documents well in advance of the wedding date.

When submitting prenuptial files, please send copies of both sides of a baptism certificate…I review the Notation side of the certificate.  Thank you.





From Fr. Wesley Schawe, Chair, Presbyteral Council:

Click here for the notes of the September 15 Presbyteral Council meeting.  Next meeting will be Tuesday, November 24.


Mark Roth PicFrom Mark Roth, Director of Development:

Fruit of the Vine – Work of Human Hands-You may recall in the late 1990’s and early 2000’s that the diocese sponsored a program called “God’s Little Green Acre”, a program to support seminarian education in the Diocese of Dodge City.

The program has recently been resurrected, but with a few more options.  The program is now called “Fruit of the Vine - Work of Human Hands” and offers two ways to participate:

Fruit of the Vine is for individuals who would like to pledge profits from their earthly labors, such as profits from crop production, sale of livestock, oil production, wind generation profits…etc.

Work of Human Hands is designed for individuals or businesses who would like to pledge a portion of their business profits, annual income or simply give a cash donation to support our seminarians within the Catholic Diocese of Dodge City.

Participation in the program will not only support our seminarians, but it will also provide a reminder to others who see your plaque or sign to pray for vocations, and will encourage others to participate as well. Please prayerfully discern supporting seminarian education in the Diocese of Dodge City through “Fruit of the Vine - Work of Human Hands” by completing one of the applications (Click here for Applications and more information) and returning it to me at your earliest convenience.  If you know of others who might be interested in participating, please list their names as well so we can contact them too.

Thank you in advance for your generous support and consideration of this program.  If you need further information or if I can be of assistance to you in any other way, please feel free to contact me.

From Fr. Ted Skalsky & Deanna Johnston, NFP/Marriage & Family Life Team

Natural Family Planning Teachers in the Diocese-The updated listing of NFP methods and teachers available has been posted on the Natural Family Planning documents page.  If you are aware of any NFP teachers who are not listed and would like to be included, or if there are individuals or couples who would be interested in NFP teacher certification please have them contact Deanna Johnston.

Sample Information Packets Available on Natural Family Planning– The Marriage and Family Life Team has a variety of brochures and other resources regarding Natural Family Planning and the Sacramentality of Marriage.  Many of these brochures are available in English and Spanish and are an excellent way to share information with parishioners (especially those preparing for marriage).  Many of these items can be ordered on or  Please contact Deanna Johnston at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. , or 620-225-4802 x 203 if you are interested in receiving a sample packet of brochures and a list of additional resources that might be helpful to your parish community. You can also for updated information and resources.

►Spanish Marriage Mentor Program- The effort to implement a program of Marriage Mentors is progressing rather slowly, but we have not given up on the idea. There have been some requests for training Spanish-speaking couples to serve as Marriage Mentors. We would like to take steps to move forward with this effort. Parishes that have a need for Spanish-speaking couples working in this ministry are asked to send to Fr. Ted Skalsky or to Deanna Johnston names of the couples who would be open to receiving this training.

For the present, it would be best if you do not have them take the Prepare Enrich Inventory. It seems better that Fr. Ted Skalsky would send in their names because Prepare Enrich has a special report that they send out to people who are registered to work with couples in groups. The best way to get this group report would be for the referral for the Prepare Enrich to come from Deanna Johnston or me. The parish referring the couple would be billed for the cost of the Inventory.

Our hope is that we could begin the Mentor training in the early fall. The training will address the theology and the spirituality of marriage. It will also give a basic training in using the Prepare Enrich. It would seem advisable that, when Mentor couples are in place, that the priest working with the couple see himself as working in conjunction with the Mentor couple in discussing the Prepare Enrich and not merely handing the report over to the Mentor couple






From Eric Haselhorst, Director of Stewardship

Stewardship Renewal 2015 should be moving forward in your parish. Right now what your committees should be working on is the following:


· Plan Ministry Fair, Lay Witness Talks, Follow Up Committee.

· Prepare Bulletin notices and articles.

· See pages 6-7 for monthly agendas.

The results of the 2014 renewal indicates that Lay witness talks are very effective.

See what parishes in our diocese said here

I am happy to come to speak about stewardship at mass during your renewal, act fast, my weekends are filling with activities fast. If you plan to use lay witnesses, check out this 5 part training series.  

One of the keynote speakers for the 2016 stewardship day has been booked.  Shane Lopez, scientist for Gallup organization and professor at KU,  will be speaking on Hope and how to increase it in your parish. Plan on joining us August 27, 2016 in Dodge City. See one of Shane’s presentations on YouTube.


I am seeking small groups around the diocese to have a conversation about Parish Tool Box Podcast Session #17 Why Hispanics Don’t Attend Anglo Events at Church.

Why? My intention is to answer a routine question I receive from one Hispanic persons experience. Bible study groups, coffee club, committees needing something different. Please email any groups to me at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Here is a link to the transcript of PTB17






From Georgina Paz, Employee Benefits Administrator:


A reminder that all volunteers with regular contact with children and youth must be compliant PRIOR TO beginning any ministry with children/youth.  Compliant means they have already attended a Protecting God’s Children awareness session and already have a completed background check.

The student safe environment lessons are located on the safe environment page of the Diocesan website under Safe Environment Religious Education Curriculum.  In addition, the reports needed from the DREs and Principals for the upcoming fall and winter are also posted there.

For further details about these sessions, go to To schedule a PGC session, contact Goretti Sanchez ( This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 620/227-1500).

Upcoming sessions:

Great Bend
Tuesday, October 13, 2015
From - 5:30-8:30PM
Holy Family Catholic School
4200 Broadway
Great Bend, KS 67530
Contact Person: Karen Moeder 620-792-7130
PGC Facilitator: Caron Dellinger 620-786-1295


From Fr. Wesley Schawe, Director of the Office of Priestly Vocations:

Encounter with God’s Call

The Encounter weekend is November 14-16.  Young men-high school juniors, seniors, and those of college age – are invited to join Fr. Wesley Schawe for a road trip to Conception Seminary College.  The weekend is a time to hear talks and spend time with seminarians while enjoying time with other young men who are seeking God’s will in their life. There is no charge for the weekend and transportation is provided. Register online at or contact Fr. Wesley at 620.227.1533 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

National Vocations Awareness Week is November 1-7.  Some of the aims of this week are:  to pray for vocations to priesthood and religious life, to educate Catholic children about vocations, to inspire young adults to consider a vocation to priesthood or religious life.  For Vocation Awareness Week resources check out:

Would your parish like a member of the Vocations team to speak to the youth in your parish? Contact Fr. Wesley Schawe in the Vocations Office at 620-227-1533 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Pray a rosary for all vocations for the Catholic Diocese of Dodge City. The luminous mysteries for all vocations are led by Bishop John Brungardt, youth, a married couple, a religious sister, and priests in our diocese.  Rosary CDs are still available by contacting Becky Hessman in the vocations office at 620-227-1530 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Click to pray a rosary for all vocations for the Catholic Diocese of Dodge City

English rosary

Spanish rosary






From Coleen Stein, Director of Catechist Formation & Pastoral Ministry:




From Sr. Angela Erevia, MCDP, Director of the Office of Hispanic Ministry:Creciendo de Cristo

11 de octubre

María: La Primera y Más Eminente

Miembro de la Iglesia y Nuestro Destino Eterno.

Presentador: Ignacio Ortiz

Televisión Interactiva ~ 3:00-6:00 p.m.

Dodge City, Garden City, Great Bend, Liberal, Ness City, Pratt, Scott City, Ulysses


From Tim Wenzl, Archivist:

Do you have a Marian Grotto on your church property? The University of Dayton has a wonderful resource about the Blessed Mother called The Mary Page. Included in this wealth of information about Mary is a listing of Marian Shrines, grottoes, etc., by state. I recently clicked on Kansas and found no listings for Marian Shrines. In Legacy of Faith on page 99 there is a list of the Marian shrines, grottoes and gardens that I compiled for our diocese. Legacy was published 15 years ago. If you know of any others, please email me at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. I want to document all the Marian shrines in our diocese and send the list to the University of Dayton to add to The Mary Page. Thank you all for your help.

gentrys pic.jpg - 196.04 KbFrom Gentry Heimerman, Directory of Young Adult Ministry:

Prayer and Action is a Christ-centered mission trip in your own backyard! While God certainly calls some to be missionaries over seas and in foreign lands, we are all called to be on mission in our everyday lives.

The first week of summer, 2016, will be for college students only, followed by three more high school weeks. All in attempt to proclaim the good news of Jesus by way of painting houses, cleaning yards, and serving those most in need.
This integration of Ora et Labora will not just effect the houses and yards, but the hearts of students, parents, communities, and our diocese as a whole.

For questions, contact me at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and be looking forward to applications!

The schedule for 2016 is:

June 19-24: College Week (Meade)

June 26-July 1: High School Week 1 (Meade)

July 2-5: Break

July 10-15: High School Week 2 (St. John)
July 17-22: High School Week 3 (St. John)

From Trina Delgado-Superindendent of Schools


Office of Youth Ministry and Religious Formation-Steven Polley



From Catholic Social Service:

It's time to RSVP for the Catholic Social Service 50th Anniversary Banquet that will be held on November 7, 2015 at the United Wireless Conference Center in Dodge City! There is no charge, and you can update your reservation at any time. Each family will receive a free copy of the new book about the history of Catholic Social Service in southwest KS. Click here to RSVP today:


Men...ACTS is coming to Kansas!

You are invited to attend the Men’s ACTS Retreat in Great Bend, KS, October 29-November 1 at the Heartland Center for Spirituality. It is a great way to get away and experience the presence of God in your life.  The deadline for registering is October 9th.

The ACTS retreat is patterned after the description of the early Church in the Acts of the Apostles (ACTS 2:42-47); breaking bread together, worshipping together, receiving instruction together, sharing in common, and reaching out in loving service.

Men and woman who have attended this retreat, after receiving the inspiration of the Holy Spirit, have a greater interest in parish involvement and in reaching out to their fellow parishioners.

You will come home refreshed in body, mind and spirit. Please consider giving this gift to yourself.

For more information please contact any of the people listed below.

Paula Brozek                 620-793-8172 This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Carol Dellinger              620-792-5090

Mary Ann Mazouch       620-792-3315


SAVE THE DATE!--Sunday, October 25th, 4pm for the 50th anniversary Mass and celebration of St. Dominic parish in Garden City.  Formal invitations will be mailed a month or so before the event.

Engaged Encounter Michael and Lindsay Mazouch are the contacts for Engaged Encounter in this diocese.  The EE program is in need of young Catholic Couples who have been married at least 7-8 years to help with the Encounter weekends.  If any priest knows of such a couple, please phone Michael or Lindsay at 620-792-6290.  Their email address is This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

This concludes the October Monthly Notes. To submit items for the MONTHLY NOTES section, please email items to Gayla Kirmer,  gkirmerThis email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Vol. XIII, No. X

Diocese of Dodge City

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